Strategic Hub planned to drive transport agenda

26/05/2015

THE FUTURE of transport delivery in Sheffield City Region (SCR) will be shaped via a new Strategic Hub and Customer Strategy under proposals endorsed by the SCR Combined Authority.

The Strategic Hub will be responsible for the co-ordination, development and delivery of SCR’s transport strategy and policy functions, currently delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), and will sit within the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, led by Ben Still.

SYPTE will be responsible for the development and delivery of a new public transport Customer Strategy. Under its new remit, the organisation will focus on public transport and customer service operations at Interchanges and sites, and deliver the plans and strategies of the SCR Executive to the travelling public.

The move follows the SCR’s £320 million Growth Deal and Sheffield devolution agreement secured last Autumn, and is focused on making the strategic case for investment in SCR, and the delivery of the region’s transport element of the Northern Powerhouse and other key national transport agenda.

SYPTE is in consultation with UNISON and employees affected by the proposals. SYPTE’s strategy and policy staff are expected to TUPE to the SCR Executive following this process.

SYPTE Interim Director General, David Young, said: “Plans for the Strategic Hub necessitate a new focus for SYPTE. It will enable SYPTE and the SCR Executive Team to capitalise on our respective strengths, assets and expertise to empower and improve the local transport and customer offer to boost economic growth.

“We will lead public transport delivery in South Yorkshire and be responsible for making the transport plans and strategies of the City Region a reality. And we will continue to be an organisation dedicated to putting our customers first, to offer the best possible experience when using local public transport services.”

Executive Director of the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, Ben Still, said: “These important changes will further integrate transport strategy and wider City Region economic planning activities. The Sheffield City Region Executive Team is focused on delivering our Growth Deal which brings funding and influence over strategic skills, business growth and transport strategy under the control of local leaders.”